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    Default The AE86 Turdbox Build

    Just bought my first 86 for $1K. It's an 1985 SR5 Zenki Coupe that I'm currently working on. Figured I should have a place to document the whole build as I'm going to be wrenching on this thing 5 days a week, 3 hours a day, so let's get on with it.

    I bought the car for $1K, and this was it's state upon bringing it home:
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    The majority of the car was there, fenders, bumper, bash bar, etc. I had the spare 4A-C in the truck bed. I brought it over to the shop the next day. In it's current state I've swapped the original 4-AC for the spare since the original motor had spun a few bearings, it slipped in nicely:
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    After that I got to bolting the fenders and most of the trim back on:
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    At the moment, I need to bolt the flex plate back onto the torque converter, bolt the bellhousing on, test compression, oil, ignition, fuel, etc, and hopefully it will become my daily. Obviously I do need parts to finish off, all in good time. I am making this my daily since I'm still just a 17 year old finishing up high school, so a ridiculous swap like a BEAMS or Blacktop 4AGE might be out of place for me, however I wouldn't mind trying a Bluetop or Redtop swap down the road, all I need is a T50 and some patience. More updates next week.

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    Good find!
    Looking forward to your progress

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    Finally got the torque converter lined up with the flex-plate and it's getting bolted in, what a pain. I had to grind a small horse-shoe hole next to the starter motor hole because it's damn near impossible to get the bolts in with a ratchet. Next step is to torque it all down and start wiring her up. After that, it's just getting it some fuel, and getting it running.

    I also just purchased a set of speakers for it, I went with two 4" Pioneers for the dash. The original deck is long gone so I'm using an old Toyota AD6400 Tape Deck from my Paseo along with a set of 6.5" Sony Xplods for the rear speakers. Hopefully it gets a decent sound since music is one of my favorite things while driving.

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    She won't start, I suspect the starter or battery since I hear a click and the lights flicker inside the car. I know the engine turns as well since I can spin it at the crank.

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    Power to the starter was not hooked up properly, but it cranks!



    The radiator and transmission lines are all connected, all that's left is coolant, fuel lines, & brakes!

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    I'm currently having trouble getting my fuel lines connected, any help from fellow sr5 owners would be appreciated. There are 3 lines running from the tank, 2 large, 1 small, the issue is I don't know which is sending gas to the pump on the engine or the vapor lines. My carb has been mostly plugged up so I don't believe it's a vacuum problem. I know the pump gets suction because I can crank it and it will suck from the port labelled in on the pump.

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    I'm currently having trouble getting my fuel lines connected, any help from fellow sr5 owners would be appreciated. There are 3 lines running from the tank, 2 large, 1 small, the issue is I don't know which is sending gas to the pump on the engine or the vapor lines. My carb has been mostly plugged up so I don't believe it's a vacuum problem. I know the pump gets suction because I can crank it and it will suck from the port labelled in on the pump.

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